National Slavery Memorial Museum Fund

My name is Sam Frome, and I believe it is time that we as a country build a national monument in our capital of Washington, D.C., which will commemorate slavery and the lives lost to institutionalized racism in this country, as well as the suffering of those still living under that oppression. 

This is long overdue.

This will not be the first attempt to build something like this.

"On October 8, 2001, Richmond Mayor Douglas Wilder announced his intention to build a National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, on 38 acres donated by the Silver Company at the Celebrate Virginia Retail and Tourism complex. The site overlooks the Rappahannock River and is located less than one mile from Interstate 95 (the principal North-South artery for the U.S. East Coast). Originally projected to open in 2004, the museum was to be part of the state's "Celebrate Virginia" development along the busy I-95 travel corridor between Richmond and Washington DC.
In 2005 the Fredericksburg City Council set a deadline to begin construction by August 1, 2008, in order for the project to retain its special-use permit (allowing the planned building to exceed zoning restrictions on height.) The museum project made its last tax payment on May 15, 2008, and the following day the executive director wrote the City Council to request to delay construction for one year (until August 2009). In June 2008, appeared before the City Council to ask for an exemption to pay real-estate taxes (retroactive to 2002), but this request was denied on June 24, 2008, by a vote of 6-1. By the end of the year the project's leased offices in Fredericksburg were reported to be vacant. The local Fredericksburg newspaper reported in February 2009 that the offices had never had much staff beyond Executive Director Vonita Foster and one assistant.

The museum was intended to have as its primary mission education, re-education, and policy formation regarding slavery in America and its enduring legacy. Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder is the museum project's founder. The project, effectively, died in 2008 due to its inability to raise sufficient funds to pay property taxes, let alone begin construction."
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I am actively seeking allies - artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, contractors and construction workers, architects, electricians - anybody who is passionate about the Black Lives Matter movement, and the struggles of all people of color - so that we can try again...and I believe that this time, we will succeed.

I am in the process of organizing a letter of appeal to Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., as well as senators, governors, and government officials in every state across the U.S., in order to gain support and achieve this goal.

My hope is that we can get support from people everywhere who are in real positions of power, who have the ability to make something big like this happen.
However, it's going to take time and a lot of hard work.
We will need as many hands on deck as we can possibly get, and my goal is to raise enough money to not only fund the construction of a National Slavery Memorial Museum, but also to recruit people who are passionate about this cause and to encourage the community to get involved - the entire American community, not just the community in D.C.

If you or somebody you know has the skills, knowledge, passion, talent, or funds to support this cause - PLEASE GET INVOLVED. 
You can reach out to NSMM[email redacted] if you are interested in contributing your time or labor.

What a beautiful opportunity for us to come together and build something real and tangible, for some, in atonement for the crimes of our ancestors, for others, in memory of the crimes committed against our ancestors.

The time has come.

In the wake of  the countless murders of people of color at the hands of police officers, this country seems to not only have awakened from our slumber of ignorance; we have risen and begun to speak. We have begun to sing, "Justice."

While I understand that a museum will not bring justice to those lost, and while it may not bring peace to their families - it will serve as a reminder to future generations. It will serve to educate those who weren't taught in school, the truth about slavery and racism. It will serve as a memorial in the names of those we have lost. It will serve as a sacred space to mourn those people, and to reflect upon what darkness humanity is truly capable of.

I believe that with the right hearts and minds focused on this project, and with the proper resources, we can absolutely make the National Slavery Memorial Museum a that future generations will have a sacred space to reflect on the atrocities committed against people of color since the beginning of our country's history.

If you can't donate, please share. Spread the word. Let's make this happen. For real, this time.

Any questions or volunteers should be directed to NSMM[email redacted].

It's time we built a monument so that we may never forget what was stolen in order for this country to exist.

Thank you.


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Samantha Frome 
Saint Marys, PA
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